Patents by Inventor G. Clarke Oberheide

G. Clarke Oberheide has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8464469
    Abstract: A power drive system for a sliding door on a motor vehicle includes a guide track fixedly secured to the vehicle. A motor fixedly secured to the track is adapted to receive power. The motor converts the power into a rotational force. A set of pulleys and wheels are fixedly secured to the track to direct the path of a belt. The belt extends between first and second ends which are operatively coupled to the door and move relative to each other as the motor drives the belt to move the door between open and close positions. Upon manual movement of the door, relative movement between the first and second ends of the belt is sensed by sensors. The sensors create a feedback signal received by an electronic controller which operates the motor to overcome a motor back-driving force and belt friction forces created during manual movement of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 8033055
    Abstract: A guide rail assembly for moving a closure panel of a motor vehicle between an open position and a closed position includes a guide rail fixedly secured to the motor vehicle. A slide mechanism slidably engages the guide rail. A rod has one end coupled to the slide mechanism and an opposing end coupled to the closure panel to move the closure panel as the slide mechanism slides along the guide rail. A drive is fixedly secured to the guide rail for selectively driving the slide mechanism along the guide rail. A clasp is operatively secured to the slide mechanism for selectively coupling the drive to the slide mechanism such that the drive moves the slide mechanism along the guide rail to move the closure panel between the open and closed positions when the slide mechanism is coupled with the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Paul F. Couture, Gregory A. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 7866731
    Abstract: A power operator assembly is provided for moving a sliding door between a sliding door of a motor vehicle between a closed position and an open position. The power operator assembly includes a guide rail fixedly secured to the motor vehicle and defining a rail length. A slide mechanism slidingly engages the guide rail. A drive is fixedly secured to the guide rail for selectively moving the slide mechanism along the guide rail in either direction. First and second cables each extend between the sliding door and the slide mechanism for moving the sliding door as the slide mechanism is driven along the guide rail. A compound pulley set is operatively connected to the drive and receives the first and second cables for powered movement of the sliding door a multiplied distance greater than the rail length as the slide mechanism is driven along the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Bruce R. Cluney
  • Publication number: 20100312395
    Abstract: A power drive system for a sliding door on a motor vehicle includes a guide track fixedly secured to the vehicle. A motor fixedly secured to the track is adapted to receive power. The motor converts the power into a rotational force. A set of pulleys and wheels are fixedly secured to the track to direct the path of a belt. The belt extends between first and second ends which are operatively coupled to the door and move relative to each other as the motor drives the belt to move the door between open and close positions. Upon manual movement of the door, relative movement between the first and second ends of the belt is sensed by sensors. The sensors create a feedback signal received by an electronic controller which operates the motor to overcome a motor back-driving force and belt friction forces created during manual movement of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Bruce R. Cluney-Vp
  • Publication number: 20090300989
    Abstract: A power operator assembly is provided for moving a sliding door between a sliding door of a motor vehicle between a closed position and an open position. The power operator assembly includes a guide rail fixedly secured to the motor vehicle and defining a rail length. A slide mechanism slidingly engages the guide rail. A drive is fixedly secured to the guide rail for selectively moving the slide mechanism along the guide rail in either direction. First and second cables each extend between the sliding door and the slide mechanism for moving the sliding door as the slide mechanism is driven along the guide rail. A compound pulley set is operatively connected to the drive and receives the first and second cables for powered movement of the sliding door a multiplied distance greater than the rail length as the slide mechanism is driven along the guide rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Bruce R. Cluney
  • Patent number: 7540551
    Abstract: A power closing assembly operates a closure panel hingedly secured to a motor vehicle. The power closing assembly includes an actuator mounted to the motor vehicle, a movable striker also mounted to the motor vehicle to receive the closure panel's latch, and a rotary power cable connecting therebetween. The actuator has a closure cable on a spooling drum extending to the closure panel for closing from an open position when the actuator operates. The movable striker moves between a nominal inboard position and an outboard position. A rotary power cable connects between a provided output on the actuator and an input on the striker so that the striker's movement is powered and synchronized by the actuator. With the closure panel open, the actuator begins a closing cycle by driving in a direction to spool in the closure cable extending to the closure panel. The actuator's direction, using the rotary power cable, simultaneously causes the striker to move outboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 7476022
    Abstract: A temperature sensing assembly for a motor having an armature includes a Hall Effect sensor disposed adjacent the armature. The Hall Effect sensor senses rotation of the armature. The Hall Effect sensor includes an electrical output and generates a stepped output signal. The temperature sensing assembly also includes a thermistor connected to the electrical output in series therewith. The temperature sensing assembly also includes a pull-up resistor electrically connected to the thermistor, a voltage source and a signal output such that the stepped output signal changes depending on the temperature of the motor due to changes in the resistivity of the thermistor as is changes its resistivity as a function of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Bruce R. Cluney
  • Patent number: 7472628
    Abstract: A mechanically-activated decoupler is used in the actuator of the cinching latch mechanism. The decoupler activates with an input from door handle operation such that the motor drive within the actuator decouples from the remainder of the actuator gear train and latch mechanism whenever the door handle is operated. At rest the actuator is direct-coupled to the latch mechanism having a lost motion provision to allow manual latch function. Because of this the actuator with its motor drive is unloaded and routine door handle-activated decoupling carries little friction. In the event of a power failure during a cinching or release cycle, the handle input activates the clutch and decouples the otherwise binding motor drive of the actuator allowing the remainder of the latch mechanism to return to its at rest state using light return springs. After returning to its at rest state the latch mechanism retains normal manual function until the power failure is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Publication number: 20080155900
    Abstract: A guide rail assembly for moving a closure panel of a motor vehicle between an open position and a closed position includes a guide rail fixedly secured to the motor vehicle. A slide mechanism slidably engages the guide rail. A rod has one end coupled to the slide mechanism and an opposing end coupled to the closure panel to move the closure panel as the slide mechanism slides along the guide rail. A drive is fixedly secured to the guide rail for selectively driving the slide mechanism along the guide rail. A clasp is operatively secured to the slide mechanism for selectively coupling the drive to the slide mechanism such that the drive moves the slide mechanism along the guide rail to move the closure panel between the open and closed positions when the slide mechanism is coupled with the drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: G. Clarke OBERHEIDE, Paul F. Couture, Gregory A. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 7377075
    Abstract: A guide rail assembly for moving a closure panel of a motor vehicle between an open position and a closed position includes a guide rail fixedly secured to the motor vehicle. A slide mechanism slidably engages the guide rail. A rod has one end coupled to the slide mechanism and an opposing end coupled to the closure panel to move the closure panel as the slide mechanism slides along the guide rail. A drive is fixedly secured to the guide rail for selectively driving the slide mechanism along the guide rail. A clasp is operatively secured to the slide mechanism for selectively coupling the drive to the slide mechanism such that the drive moves the slide mechanism along the guide rail to move the closure panel between the open and closed positions when the slide mechanism is coupled with the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 7275774
    Abstract: A striker assembly reduces a force of a latch required to latch and unlatch a side door over a door opening of a motor vehicle. The door opening includes a striker opening which is disposed adjacent the door opening. The striker assembly includes a frame fixedly secured to the motor vehicle over the striker opening. The base includes a base opening. A striker assembly also includes a striker slidably secured to the frame allowing the striker to move outboard during the unlatching of the side door and inboard during the latching of the side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Ntier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 7261334
    Abstract: A method as disclosed for operating a motor bidirectionally to cinch and release a closure panel of a motor vehicle. The motor is operatively connected to a pawl, ratchet and spring of a latch for the closure panel. The method includes the step of driving the motor in a cinching direction to rotate the ratchet to cinch the closure panel in the closed position. The motor is then returned to a park position by driving the motor in a park direction opposite to the cinching direction. Power is applied to the motor to drive the motor in a release direction to drive the motor past the park position with respect to the cinching direction. In doing so, the motor contracts the spring as it moves in the release direction. Power is then removed from the motor allowing the spring to force the motor to return to the park position as the spring returns to its steady state position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Gregory A. Jorgensen, John G. Zeabari, Thomas L. McGettrick
  • Patent number: 7059669
    Abstract: A closure panel assembly selectively covers an opening formed in a roof of a motor vehicle. The closure panel assembly includes a frame disposed around the opening of the roof. The frame has a longitudinal wall including a guide slot extending between a forward end and a rearward end. A lead screw is disposed adjacent the longitudinal wall and is movable with respect thereto. A panel is movable relative to the lead screw for selectively covering the opening. A sliding bracket is secured to the panel and includes a drive nut extending through the guide slot to threadingly engage the lead screw. The rotation of the lead screw allows for movement of the drive nut to move the panel between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 7059653
    Abstract: A drive assembly moves a vehicle closure panel from an open to a closed condition. The drive assembly has a housing and a motor mounted on the housing. A drum and gear assembly is rotatably mounted on the housing. The drum and gear assembly has a drum having a helical groove, a gear in driving engagement with the motor, and a spring biasing the drum in a winding direction relative to the gear. The drum and gear have a lost motion connection therebetween. A cable has an end connected to the closure panel and an opposite end connected to the drum about the helical groove in the winding direction. The drum rotates in the winding direction relative to the stationary gear as the closure panel is manually moved from the open to the closed condition with the spring maintaining a cable tension. The drum and gear rotate together in the winding direction upon energizing the motor effecting powered movement of the closure panel to the closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 6918208
    Abstract: A window-regulating assembly selectively moves a window of a vehicle door between an open position and a closed position. The window-regulating assembly includes a rail that is fixedly secured to the vehicle door. The rail extends through a radius of curvature. A lift plate is slidably engaged with the rail. The lift plate is also secured to the window. The lift plate moves the window between the open and closed positions. A lead screw is secured to the rail. The lift plate travels along the lead screw to move the window between the open and closed positions. A drive motor is secured to lift plate. The drive motor receives electrical energy and converts the electrical energy into a selectively bidirectional rotational force to drive the lift plate over the lead screw. A pivot mount extends between the drive motor and the lift plate allowing the drive motor to move through the radius of curvature as the lift plate slides along the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventors: G. Clarke Oberheide, Denis R. Cloutier, Noel Chingcuanco, Peter J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20040244292
    Abstract: A drive assembly moves a vehicle closure panel from an open to a closed condition. The drive assembly has a housing and a motor mounted on the housing. A drum and gear assembly is rotatably mounted on the housing. The drum and gear assembly has a drum having a helical groove, a gear in driving engagement with the motor, and a spring biasing the drum in a winding direction relative to the gear. The drum and gear have a lost motion connection therebetween. A cable has an end connected to the closure panel and an opposite end connected to the drum about the helical groove in the winding direction. The drum rotates in the winding direction relative to the stationary gear as the closure panel is manually moved from the open to the closed condition with the spring maintaining a cable tension. The drum and gear rotate together in the winding direction upon energizing the motor effecting powered movement of the closure panel to the closed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: G Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 6826869
    Abstract: An automated closure assembly (20) is disclosed for a motor vehicle (10). A lateral linkage is connected to the drive mechanism (25) receiving the rotational force and translates the rotational force of the drive mechanism into a linear force to move the door between the open position and an intermediate position between the open position and the closed position. The automated closure assembly also includes a secondary linkage that is connected to both the lateral linkage and the drive mechanism. The secondary linkage translates the rotational force into a linear force to move the door between the intermediate position and the open position such that the door is able to move to its open position past the opening within which the lateral linkage extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Publication number: 20040227363
    Abstract: A striker assembly reduces a force of a latch required to latch and unlatch a side door over a door opening of a motor vehicle. The door opening includes a striker opening which is disposed adjacent the door opening. The striker assembly includes a frame fixedly secured to the motor vehicle over the striker opening. The base includes a base opening. A striker assembly also includes a striker slidably secured to the frame allowing the striker to move outboard during the unlatching of the side door and inboard during the latching of the side door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Publication number: 20040222675
    Abstract: A closure panel assembly selectively covers an opening formed in a roof of a motor vehicle. The closure panel assembly includes a frame disposed around the opening of the roof. The frame has a longitudinal wall including a guide slot extending between a forward end and a rearward end. A lead screw is disposed adjacent the longitudinal wall and is movable with respect thereto. A panel is movable relative to the lead screw for selectively covering the opening. A sliding bracket is secured to the panel and includes a drive nut extending through the guide slot to threadingly engage the lead screw. The rotation of the lead screw allows for movement of the drive nut to move the panel between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide
  • Patent number: 6810622
    Abstract: A power sliding assembly for moving a windowpane within a track within a window frame between an open position and a closed position. The power sliding assembly includes a motor fixedly secured to the window frame. The motor generates a rotational force. The power sliding assembly also includes a lead screw that is operatively connected to the motor to translate the rotational force to axial movement. In addition, the power sliding assembly includes a bracket secured to the lead screw and the windowpane. The bracket travels with the lead screw as the lead screw is driven axially along the track to move the windowpane between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures Inc.
    Inventor: G. Clarke Oberheide